Who We Are

Executive Director

Heather J. Hough

Heather Hough is the executive director of PACE. Her research and analytic approach explores how a wide range of data on student outcomes—including academic, health and well-being, and experiential—can inform our collective understanding of student success, teacher and system performance, and the efficacy of programs and policies. She is committed to strengthening the impact of research on local- and state-level policymaking and implementation, with a particular focus on policy coherence, system alignment, and continuous improvement. Hough has worked in a variety of capacities to support policy and practice in education, including as the founding director of the research partnership between PACE and the CORE Districts; as an improvement advisor at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; and as a researcher at the Public Policy Institute of California, the Center for Education Policy Analysis at Stanford University, and the Center for Education Policy at SRI International. She has served on many statewide committees and work groups, and is currently a member of the advisory board for the Cradle-to-Career Data System. Hough received her BA in public policy and her PhD in education policy from Stanford University.

Faculty Directors
PACE is governed by its five Faculty Directors, one from each of our partner universities.
Associate Professor
Stanford University
Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Education and the Honorable William H. Orrick, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law
University of California, Berkeley
Professor of Education Policy
University of California, Davis
Professor of Education Policy
University of Southern California
Professor and Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
University of California, Los Angeles
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